Walking in and around Coverack
Author: Linda Hawkins, Coverack.
If you enjoy walking, then Coverack is the place for you! Whether you choose to make it your base for a holiday, or only a day visit, there are opportunities for many walks, taking in a wide variety of country and coastal scenery.
The Cornish coastal footpath runs through Coverack and offers something different whichever direction you take.
Leave your car, if you have one, at North Corner car park.
Walk along the lane, past the bus shelter and a short stretch of houses, and then bear right to follow the coastal path along the low cliff-edge to Lowland Point. This promontory is a peaceful, grassy spot, where you may well catch a glimpse of a lazing seal, basking on the rocks.
From Lowland Point, follow the path around through Dean Quarry, where the local grey igneous gabbro rock is worked for various uses (check whether blasting is likely and take note of any warning siren etc!) Once past the quarry, follow the path along to Godrevy Beach and then inland to Roseneithon. From here one can make one's way to the locally famed Roskilly's Croust House, for a well-earned rest and delicious home made ice cream (or try their meringues and gorgeous clotted cream!)
Once rested, an easy walk back across the fields to Trevalsoe will eventually link up with the path near North Corner.
Allow a morning or afternoon for this fairly gentle walk. At times, short stretches of the path can be very muddy and, if this is so, walking boots or 'wellies' are a must!
To the west the serpentine cliffs are higher and more dramatic.
Take the steep climb up School Hill and, after the school, head left, along the private road towards Chynhalls Point. As you reach the first of the dwellings, ensure you follow the path to the right. This will then take you southwards, along Chynhalls Cliff to Black Head; then the path turns sharply to the west, past beautiful hidden Lankidden Cove, and along to Kennack Sands, where café (in season) and toilets await you! For those with the stamina, the path goes on to Cadgwith, Lizard Point and eventually round to Mullion and beyond.
For the walk to Kennack and back, allow a good part of a day, so that you can linger and picnic en route.
Also within easy reach of Coverack are the pretty coastal villages of Porthoustock and Porthallow, both of which can be approached easily on foot via footpaths from St. Keverne. Tranquil Gillan Creek and the Helford River offer further walks/strolls, through landscapes fringed by gnarled oaks growing down to the water's edge.
There are many good local guides and maps, which will keep you busy for your stay! Alternatively visit www.walking-routes.co.uk for many walks around the country.
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